Eastern Europe: A Dissolving Concept? (8 ECTS)

Eastern European countries have taken different pathways after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. While some have succeeded to establish consolidated democracies, others remain unstable or have drifted back into autocratic structures

Dr. Georgiy Kasianov
Dr. Georgiy Kasianov

Instructor: Dr. Georgiy Kasianov

Eastern European countries have taken different pathways after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. While some have succeeded to establish consolidated democracies, others remain unstable or have drifted back into autocratic structures.

While some have succeeded in building innovative market economies, others are still struggling. How can these different pathways be explained? What are lessons learnt for institutional design after major social and political turn-over? How can we gain a better understanding for the post-revolution processes we see in different region like the Arab Spring countries.

Video Introduction

Module Structure

Part I: Mapping Eastern

Unit 01: Defining Region(s): Imagining, Mapping, Making
Unit 02: East - West dilemma: European dimension
Unit 03: Nation, Nationalism and East - West Dilemma
Unit 04: Inventing Non-Western Europe(s)

Part II: Eastern Europe in Europe

Unit 05: Behind the Iron Curtain: Eastern Europe and Communism
Unit 06: Return of the Native? European Dimensions of Post-Communism
Unit 07: EU Enlargement, Newcomers and Others
Unit 08: Europe as the Other?

Part III: Claims for a New Order

Unit 09: East at the West: Cultural Stereotypes about Eastern Europe
Unit 10: Identity Crisis, Wars of the Past and Politics of History in a New Europe
Unit 11: Russia, Ukraine, Europe and Claims for a New Order
Unit 12: Discussion. Eastern Europe: How We Make It